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    Ant farm ideas??

    Ok, so after contemplating for a couple of days on wether i should start an ant colony or get a mantid, i've decided to go for the ants. Now i just have to figure out where i can get a proper enviornment for them. I've done a bit of googlin, but it mostly shows the "kiddy farms". Most likely i'm leaning towards something like this-

    http://www.disktek.net/

    But WAAAY bigger. If i have to i will resort to building one myself, but all i could find was plans for ones that looks like these..

    http://www.antcam.com/antfarm/howtobuild/

    Not as clean as the other one. I thought it was just as simple as putting 2 big pieces of glass/acrylic on some wood and BAM! Any suggestions on a good terrarium that doesnt cost 200 bucks? Or plans to build one?

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    Nepenthes_AK can help you, he's really into ants.

    I think a billion ants is scarier than one mantis


    I like nice sleek modern stuff, no wood bedposts for me thanks! This one looks reasonable cool. http://www.hailesaquariums.com.au/st...rodincat&ID=41

    I guess you could just get a species that can't climb glass and put them in an aquarium. I think a 20 gallon aquarium is only 30 bucks or so.

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    That one is just the style im looking for. I wouldnt want to buy a 20 gallon tank mainly because im really looking for a thin look jus like the one that you found.

    I think a billion ants is scarier than one mantis
    Just hope the thing doesn't tip over

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    There are many ideas to try, you could make a plaster farm, and wood farm, or even a tank. If you are really want to have ant farm look here, this is where ant hobbist go to talk about there colonies, Nep.-AK and me are members. http://p211.ezboard.com/bantfarm A billion ants does not exist in an ant farm not matter how well you care for them, start from a new queen so you don't have to distroy a colony trying to find a queen that could be 5 feet below the ground, Tetramorium caespitum (the feeding ants in Nep.-AK's thread) is most likly your best bet to keep as they are quick to grow into a colony and get very good numbers, don't try to touch them as they can sting. Ants are my favorite living thing, including people and all plants. P.S. I hate people, we cause so much damage through are stupidity.

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    thnx for the reply Ant. Very helpful site.

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    How does one go about finding a newly mated queen? I've browsed several ant-rearing guides and the only real way of getting queens that I've heard of is to dig up a colony, which isn't a very appealing idea to me. I'd rather go through the trouble of starting a new colony than disrupt an established one.
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    Uhmmm wait for mating flights, it can get gross from time to time, but it takes allot of patience and learning what times to look. And what species to look for, And Find out about what time of year the mating flights are.

    I really suggest an easy ant, like Tetramorium they are fool proof and have a decent size, eat any thing and can be cute! My siggy.






    Are some ant Farms i made, preaty simple to do, just PM me i might be able to make you one just let me know... Maybe we could do some kinda plant trade cause my whole deal, i am personaly starting over.

    Seedjar if you have any more questions about when to find female alates (mated queens), let me know! It does also depend on where you live!

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    Seedjar, tetramorium usuall fly in late June or July. Never grab the queens when they have wings as they are virgin queens, grab them when they pull their wings off. If you are un pacient flip a few rocks after the queen has laid a few eggs and try to find 8 or so pupea (pall color of an ant that doesn't move) of the ants species and give them to your queen but, usually let her start on her own time, it really is only a short time, giving pupea just lets you get a good colony quickly.

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